Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The Best Of Friends Together

 After me worrying about Layla getting through the new gate I looked out of the kitchen window yesterday morning and saw her looking through it in a worried and stressed way up the garden and Tess our Border Collie had disappeared. I had to rush up the garden and climb through the gap in the fence, sneaking round the garden at the back of our house praying no one came out and caught me. The fact she looked so pleased with herself for breaking through our new fortifications was rather worrying in itself so after Tom returned from the dump an hour was spent trying to make it escape proof. I hope we have managed it but I'm going to keep a close eye on her for a while and I'm sorry for ever thinking Layla was the naughty dog! Layla found the whole incident very worrying and of one thing there is no doubt how much she loves her best friend!

On the subject of the dump Tom was full of praise for how smooth it was taking items there now they have the new appointment system. He was saying he hopes they keep this on after lockdown as it ran so smoothly. However no matter how faultless the system seemed, the workers at the dump were telling him that they have over 100 no shows a week of people who have booked and don't turn up so something like that may make them have a rethink sadly.

We spent the rest of the morning, before the rain arrived, pollarding our plum tree, which we do yearly to try and keep it a manageable size. Pollarding may be a bit of an exaggeration, it's more like pruning the top but it is quite a tricky job with Tom up a ladder, in the middle of rose bushes, and me offering advice "Mind your head! Mind the fence!" We finally managed to complete the job just before heavier rain arrived and at the same time workmen arrived outside our house to do the same job in about 15 minutes to an enormous Lime tree outside. "That's it" said Tom "Next year we're getting a chainsaw!"


There has been lots of announcements yesterday about relaxing the rules of lockdown. The one I am most interested in is when I can see family normally as that is the one that affects me most. The main one that sticks in my mind is the total easing of all social restrictions on the 21st June. Eldest son's birthday! I'm beginning to wonder whether he had a word with Boris! 
A nice day is forecast today and I have a lot to catch up with so I think I'll just prioritise the jobs by importance and work through them one at a time. I hope everyone has a lovely day what ever your plans.

12 comments:

  1. You have two lovely dogs and I just hope either or both aren't planning to escape again. Do be careful as dog thefts are on the rise during this pandemic and it would be heartbreaking if these criminals got their hands on them.
    I believe we have a similar booking system at our recycling centre but haven't used it ourselves. Don't you just hate no-shows, they spoil it for everyone else.

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    1. We have a little Yorkie too! That is all I could think of when I couldn't find her in my mind I could picture her in the hands of criminals. I was shaking until I saw her running towards me like butter wouldn't melt in her mouth!

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  2. Dear Jane,

    Obviously your husband has a very different philosophy to ours. On seeing a man with a chainsaw up a tree performing a job in a matter of moments makes us want to hire the man, definitely not the chainsaw. Goodness knows what damage could be done with that!

    Your dogs look adorable. Never a dull moment....

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    1. I did laugh at this Jane! The trouble is Tom has always wanted one. I'm hoping he may forget about it as I too see it as a recipe for disaster!

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    2. Dearest Jane,

      Well, a husband who has always wanted a chainsaw.....be afraid.....dearest Jane....be very afraid....:):)

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  3. What beautiful dogs. I truly believe that they do love and care for each other. When our dog died, our cat yowled all night long, every night. The veteranarian told us he was grieving for the dog and we should think about getting him a new dog! That's right. Get the cat a dog. All I could think of was that this could become a never-ending circle of life! :-)
    I'm glad you were able to get the pruning done before the rains arrived.
    I'm also very glad that you're seeing your restrictions ease somewhat. I hope the entire world is able to do the same soon.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Our little Yorkie Cassie is more devoted to us but Tess and Layla adore each other. Our eldest son took her from a very bad situation and brought her to us for a couple of days when he planned to take her to Springer Spaniel rescue on the Monday when he was off work. The first thing we did was check her microchip to check she wasn't stolen but she wasn't. By the end of the couple of days we knew she had to stay as they immediately adored each other and she has gained so much confidence from her. Although she still won't walk past a man she doesn't know.

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  4. What a lovely large plum tree you have, and such cute doggies...oh how I miss mine so. x

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    1. Dogs leave such a huge place in our hearts don't they. :(

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  5. I'm glad both your dogs are home where they belong and no more sneaking out!
    Good that your husband got the tree cut down to size even without a chainsaw.
    And don't we all wish for the social restrictions to ease. Hopefully soon.

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    1. Yes we have made it nice and secure now, but I'm still going out and standing with them at night for a while just in case!

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